I know I wrote this down somewhere, I’ve just misplaced it. What’s all this about “Set of Sail”? What does it mean, and who wants to hear about it?
Here’s the poem that was the original inspiration. It was written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox in 1916. It’s entitled ‘Tis the Set of the Sail -OR- One Ship Sails East
But to every mind there openeth,
A way, and way, and away,
A high soul climbs the highway,
And the low soul gropes the low,
And in between on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth,
A high way and a low,
And every mind decideth,
The way his soul shall go.
One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.
Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
‘Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
It is in the 3rd stanza that the “set of the sails” phase is used and the concept is introduced. This idea that we all face headwinds sometimes, the direction of the winds don’t matter – with the correct set of the sails a ship can travel east or west. We are truly not bound by our circumstance, as much as we might complain to the contrary. This idea was expounded on by a recently deceased, self proclaimed “business philosopher” named Jim Rohn. I consider Jim one of my virtual mentors and I will be sharing plenty of ideas that were sparked by my reading and listening to the thoughts he collected over his lifetime.
I’m going to write a book.
How many people share that dream? Well, I have an outline completed. The skeleton is there, it just needs some flesh. This is one of the reasons, only one, that I’m starting this newsletter. It is one of many attempts to get me actually writing. Collecting thoughts in one place instead of just scattering ideas out in e-mails or on Facebook.
I have a blog called setofsail.com that will host some of these articles, and perhaps it will grow into something bigger. If you check that blog you’ll see that it started up in the last few months of 2009. So these ideas have been jumbling around in my head for years now. Maybe by releasing them to the outside, then a seed just may germinate. Maybe an idea or a project will take root in your life, and the miracle that is inspiration will be passed on. That would bring me great joy. Uh, oh – am I mixing metaphors? I’ll leave the gardening references to somebody else, and get back on board with my own allusions. I just wanted to inaugurate this voyage with a bit of a background. (hee hee, nice recovery)